CCTV cameras are commonly used to monitor commercial premises such as offices and warehouses. They are useful for deterring criminals, and if a break-in does occur, CCTV footage can serve as evidence of the crime and help the police to identify the perpetrator.
These are all great reasons to protect your business with a CCTV system. But is it worth setting up CCTV cameras outside your home, too?
Bernard Hogan-Howe, the former head of the Metropolitan Police, thinks so. In 2015, he advocated putting CCTV "in every home" to help police detectives solve more crimes.
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CCTV cameras are a tried and tested method for protecting business premises. Not only is CCTV an effective way to deter (and capture evidence of) criminal behaviour, modern systems can also be tied to smart systems that will trigger facilities like lights, doors and gates to give you extra peace of mind.
If you're beginning to think about installing CCTV cameras, it's important to know the basics of where to place your cameras in order to make the most of your security system. Placing cameras in the wrong points may render your security system useless, so make sure you have the right number of cameras in the right places!
Where to place your CCTV cameras
Here are our recommendations...
Anywhere past break-ins occurred
Looking at the history of your building will make it easier to identify and monitor potential weak points. If intrusions have occurred in the past, it's important to increase security at the break-in point(s) to make sure lightning doesn't strike twice.
Spots like the front door, back door and ground-floor windows represent very obvious access points for burglars and trespassers. These are key places to consider when installing CCTV cameras, as the majority of break-ins occur in these vulnerable spots. Nearly 75% of thieves come in through the front door, so this is a particularly important spot to monitor.
Places with valuable items
Locations where high-value items are kept (e.g. garages, till points, offices housing large amounts of cash) can be an attractive target for criminals. Placing CCTV cameras in these high-risk areas should help to keep your most valuable assets safe.
Even a small blind spot can present an opportunity for a crafty criminal. Use multiple cameras to cover multiple angles and eliminate blind spots - make sure there's nowhere for would-be thieves to hide!
Hallways, kitchens and communal work areas are ideal places to install CCTV cameras. Remember to ensure that your CCTV cameras aren't monitoring other people's properties or private areas like restrooms.
IDS Security's expert security engineers have been installing CCTV cameras for years - we can carry out a survey of your premises and design a CCTV camera system that's ideal for your requirements.
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